Aubrey Thrower: The Future University of Arizona Graduate Who Been There and Made It

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“Get involved” is the advice almost every student hears at one time or another. But what does it look like?

Aubrey Thrower, a University of Arizona senior graduating this spring with a degree in marketing and information systems, is the perfect example of a “getting involved” student. Thrower joined GreekLife and a dance crew, became the president of the Arizona Ambassadors Clublived the honorary life and helped bring the Duffl Society to campus.

The future graduate explained why she chose AU in the first place.

“I really wanted a school that was big enough that whatever I did, I could have all the opportunities I needed. Like if I wanted to go to medical school spontaneously, I could have the research opportunities for that. But I also wanted to go to a school that was small enough to feel like a community. I could feel like I was on a college campus and see my friends on the way to class,” Thrower said.

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Thrower explained the role GreekLife has played in his involvement on campus.

“Through GreekLife, I was a recruitment consultant in my freshman year. It was one of my favorite college experiences to date. Especially due to COVID-19, I enjoyed having a group of students freshman to mentor and show them how much I loved the [UA] and how they might get involved,” Thrower said.

Thrower is also involved in the Ardor Dance CompanyAU’s contemporary dance company.

“I also joined the Ardor Dance Company. I joined my first year. It was in its very first semester my first year so I am one of the founding members. It grew so much in my four years. It’s one of my proudest moments, watching the team grow,” Thrower said.

Thrower recalled how she became very involved as an Arizona ambassador and campus tour guide and explained what prompted her to join.

“I loved it when I did my campus tour, so I applied. That’s how I became an ambassador. I ended up really getting involved, I was at all the meetings and I realized it was something I really wanted to do. I kind of took a risk and in my second year I applied to be Membership Director. It was so much fun mentoring people. young tour guides. I was also the chair of the ambassadors,” Thrower said.

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Thrower explained what her position entailed as the president of Arizona’s ambassador.

“I was sort of back from the pandemic era, so we had to retrain everyone who was already ambassadors and completely change the tour itinerary due to COVID-19. So my presidency was all about keeping everyone engaged and lifting their spirits,” Thrower said.

In addition to the Arizona Ambassadors, Thrower has played a significant role in on-campus fees.

“A honorarium is halfway between GreekLife and student council. It’s like a co-ed social club but very much into the traditions of the University of Arizona. It’s Homecoming, Spring Fling, giving birth, all we got. Links — honorary junior — is a bit more social. Bobcats – senior honorary – is run by the alumni association, so we work closely with alumni,” Thrower said.

Thrower explained what a Honorary Bobcat was like in his experience.

“I applied to the Bobcats, and they selected 13 seniors. These are usually seniors who have held previous leadership positions and want to continue giving back to the school even after they graduate. I applied, I walked in and now I’m vice president and chair of drafts,” Thrower said.

Bobcats honorary senior chairman Matt Meyers explained what it’s like to work closely with Thrower.

“What’s amazing about Aubrey is that everyone who meets her, no matter how long you know, you really feel like her best friend. She makes everyone feel special. She makes make every relationship feel important,” Meyers said.

Thrower’s roommate and friend Hannah Johnson spoke about her character and her overwhelming presence on campus.

“I walk around campus with her and it’s like walking around with someone running for president. She talks to everyone she sees. She’s so bubbly and fun, and I like to think of her as being yellow in color because she’s so bright and happy,” Johnson said.

In addition to UA-related activities, Thrower is closely involved in Duffl’s UA sector. Duffl is a fast delivery service for college campuses that offers products such as snacks and drinks.

“There’s a start-up at UCLA called Duffl. Basically, it’s a delivery service on electric scooters. I interviewed to be an ambassador and now I run Instagram. I am their satisfied caddy,” Thrower said.

Thrower explained her post-graduation plans and where she intends to apply her energy and experience next.

“I would like to work for a marketing agency in Tucson. I want to find something that I really enjoy doing,” Thrower said.

Thrower’s advice to students is simple, but something she says has helped her over the past few years.

“Do things that really scare you. I was not a tour guide type person my freshman year and learned how to do it. You can do things you don’t think you can do as long as you’re passionate about it. Do things that excite and excite you. You only get to college once,” Thrower said.


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